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SA Presidency’s Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Charles Molele

Access to the Union Buildings in the country’s capital Pretoria is currently limited after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Presidency said all officials who were in contact with the staff member are currently being screened and tested for the deadly coronavirus strain that causes flu-like symptoms.

Presidency also said access to the Union Buildings is therefore limited to exceptional interactions.

“In line with government’s guidelines on the management of COVID-19 cases, steps have been taken to secure treatment of the relevant staff member and to provide support to the member’s family,” said the Presidency.

“The Presidency’s Pandemic Task Team, established to assist in managing all Covid-19 related matters, proactively initiated a process of disinfection and deep cleaning of all The Presidency facilities. This process commenced on Tuesday, 28 April 2020.”  

The statement also pointed out that President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza have been working remotely and not from the Union Buildings since the start of lockdown, and were therefore not in contact with the infected person.

(Compiled by Inside Education staff)

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